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YouTube link: KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE "The Deep End" Gulager, Louise, Burstyn (aired 1/2/64)
Posted by Don Malcolm
on 7/21/2021, 3:42 pm
Not too many successful adaptations of John D. Macdonald novels, unfortunately (the original version of CAPE FEAR and the 1984 Ed Harris/Blair Brown vehicle A FLASH OF GREEN appear to be the major exceptions), but this one--another first-season episode of KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE, adapted from the far more elaborate 1962 novel THE DROWNER--is pretty good, with Clu Gulager, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise and Ellen Burstyn in her "knockout phase" when she was using the name Ellen McRae.
I think THE DROWNER (like that title!) could've been/could still be made into a very solid feature-length film, and the same could be said for a number of Macdonald's other novels.